To improve energy efficiency the entire glass façade of the building will be replaced with modern double glazed units. The roof will have new coverings and solar panels generating electricity. A new heating and ventilation system will further improve efficiency.
The front entrance would be altered to create a café for public and staff and bring a more lively frontage to the building. There would be outdoor seating under a canopy, complementing the regular street food markets. The façade above the entrance would be brought forward to create additional space. All external landscaping, which is now attractively mature, will be unaltered.
From the end of March, while works are underway, the planning committee will move to Portslade Town Hall for up to 18 months. Meetings will be webcast via the council’s website. A hearing loop and full disabled access will be available.